MHCC Celebrates Diversity Week, May 2 - 6
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will celebrate its diverse student population, May 2 – 6, with a week of food, dancing, speakers, movies and more on the Gresham campus, 26000 SE Stark St.
Events are co-sponsored by the College’s Access and Diversity Committee, numerous on-campus student clubs and student government. MHCC President John J. “Ski” Sygielski has said, “MHCC believes the pursuit of diversity is important, especially in an institution of higher learning. In today’s global economy, an educational experience that fails to expose students to multicultural perspectives and interactions in diverse communities is inadequate and unacceptable.”
Why do we celebrate diversity? The poet Maya Angelou put it beautifully: “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
MHCC campuses are indeed a colorful tapestry, with a population of diverse ethnicity, age, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation and religion. “We have an amazing opportunity to learn about one another’s cultures.” says Lisa Irving, a part-time history instructor and one of the planners of the week-long celebration.
A highlight of the week is Papers, a film about people who came to the U.S. as infants, were raised in the U.S., but do not have legal citizenship. The film captures the challenges that such students face when they reach college age. The film will be shown Monday, 2 – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., in the Visual Arts Theatre on the Gresham Campus, free of charge.
Other highlights of the week include a town hall meeting about student diversity, led by Dr. Ski, Thursday, 2:30 – 3 p.m. Also on Thursday, the College will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, an important holiday for the Hispanic community, with a taco feed and mariachi music at noon in the mail mall and Chako Kum Tux Culture Night, sponsored by the Native American club, 6 – 9 p.m. in the General Education (GE) building.
On Friday, RICE, the Pacific Islanders Club, will present “The Stories on Our Skin,” noon – 1 p.m. in the College Center.
All events are open to the general public and held in the main mall (near the bookstore) unless otherwise noted. For a complete schedule of events, please visit mhcc.edu/DRC/.